I get hunting a in A Frame don't want middle of the field, but 5 or 10 feet off the corn line, even if you had a GPS like ON X and thought you were on the line, it wouldn't have mattered. When he mentioned talking to other group, should have asked where were you planning to hunt and then would have realized same spot and then worked it out, add another A Frame or what. Farmer has owned land and planted crop feeding in, so have some sympathy for the farmer. There are times you can be legally right but you may not have the moral high ground. Yup, that farmer is going to go yell at his neighbor and likely land is not going to be hunted by anyone going forward,
I'd agree hunting right on the line is a little douchey but obviously not illegal. Move it over 10 feet and the farmer really has nothing to say whatsoever. I get the farmer's frustration with probably having looked forward to hunting all fall and having some random guys move in and goof it up. Maybe he should let his neighbor know when he plans to hunt? When he kept saying "you should have just talked to me" I kept thinking to myself that he probably would have told those boys to go elsewhere, that this was his hunt. I lost any sympathy for the guy when he started to ask for money to make the complaint go away - what a dork. Never have had anything like this happen but kind of reminds me why I don't field hunt much anymore, almost always something that seems to get screwed up.
You guys kept your cool WAYYYY better than I would have. With his immediate level of shouting I would've been equally or more unrestrained back at him after the initial 5 minutes of trying to reason with him. Well, at least now you know any time you hunt a field next to posted property, set up your blind at least a couple inches/feet off the actual line. That way the neighboring landowner has absolutely no right (even if just "technically") to mess with you. I hope you don't get fined under any technicality (your blind was touching his corn), but if you do, I hope you go after him for hunter harassment and even extortion. If you don't get fined, I would just suggest to move on and leave it be, but this guy should be publicly humiliated for his actions/reactions. What an absolute baby the way he decided to come at you guys. Count your blessings that you didn't talk to him first and become 'hunting buddies' as he assures you that that's what would've happened (yeah right).
Whole situation is crappy, but might/could be more to it. I recognized two of the guys as part of a youtube channel that are now running a guiding service as of this fall. I have no love for outfitters/guides, I can attest to the frustration of the land owner, but not to that level of being that big of an A-hole.
No excuse for that behavior, but toeing the line is like stated above...asking for something to happen.
I live in and have hunted in ND for years. I have had a couple farmers come out and ask me to leave in ways that were less than kind, but in those cases, it was their land I was hunting and I was always more than happy to pack up with that in mind. 99% of the time, I've had nothing but positive experiences with landowners & other hunters. In this case, legally the hunters did nothing wrong. They obtained permission from the farmer who owns the land and hunted the line. Because land is fair game unless posted, typically the rule of thumb is whoever gets their first gets the opportunity if it hasn't been posted. It always sucks to get beat, but that's just part of the game here. You learn quick here that if you see other people watching your birds, you better get up early. As someone who is an introvert, I like hunting with my family or close friends. I'd never go over and talk to another hunter and ask if they were planning to hunt the field and see if we could hunt together. That's not why I hunt & everyone hunts differently. I prefer to know who I'm associated with. No matter what though, it's important to be as courteous as possible, just as it appears these hunters were in this case...at least according to what we seen in the video. There's getting to be less and less land to hunt around here that isn't posted these days & hunters get a bad rap because there are a few bad apples...in this case, that bad apple hunter also turned out to be the neighboring land owner unfortunately.